Racist abuse continues in the Championship

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BOURNEMOUTH, ENGLAND - JANUARY 16: A general view inside the stadium as players take a knee in support of the 'Black Lives Matter' movement prior to the Sky Bet Championship match between AFC Bournemouth and Luton Town at Vitality Stadium on January 16, 2021 in Bournemouth, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images)

The most recent cases have seen Middlesbrough and AFC Bournemouth players, Yannick Bolasie and Arnaunt Danjuma, on the receiving end of online racial abuse. 

They join a list of other footballers, including Marcus Rashford, William, Reece James and fellow Championship player Yan Dhanda. These players have spoken out against online racial abuse, yet little action has been taken by social media companies. 

Both Bolasie and Danjuma took to the epicentre of their abuse, namely social media, to post details of the racist messages they have received. 

“Keyboard Warriors”

Bolasie, who is on-loan at Middlesbrough from Everton, described these abusers as “Keyboard Warriors.” 

The Teesiders responded by commenting, “The racial abuse directed to Yannick Bolasie on social media yesterday is vile and unacceptable, and demonstrates exactly why more has to be done to identify the perpetrators of such comments and to bring them to justice.”

They added that anyone found to be responsible would be banned from their stadium and subject to criminal proceedings. 

Meanwhile, Bournemouth have supported Danjuma, by saying, “Thank you for speaking up and we stand with you.”

The Dutch forward received abuse following an interview in which he spoke out about the criticism of the ‘taking the knee’ gesture. 

Both players and clubs have passed the messages onto the authorities, where far more needs to be done to prevent these racial attacks. 

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